Four years ago, the Foundation had to turn down invitations to exhibitions and community events because we simply didn't have enough staff to attend them.
As with so much of our work, volunteers stepped up to solve the problem, and give us a greater presence in local communities.
At first we sent them off with a cardboard box of pamphlets, a banner and a tablecloth. As time passed, their ongoing feedback helped us create an interactive, personalized experience for members of the public visiting our booths.
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As the Foundation's front-line representatives, they've attended David Suzuki's speaking engagements, the Richmond Youth Summit, the Port Moody Fingerling Festival, the Buddha Light Festival, Punjabi by Nature engagements and more.
At last year's MEC Paddlefest, they took booth interactivity to a whole new level.
Led by ukulele-playing long-time volunteer Erzsi Institorisz, with lyric-writing help from volunteer Emma Griffiths, our special event hosts composed a children's song, "Big Tuna Troubles" to accompany the DSF pamphlet and blog of the same name. What does "Big Tuna Troubles" sound like? It's awesome. Check it out!
If you're ever strolling by a David Suzuki Foundation booth, ask what campaigns we're working on, how you can get involved and now, what songs may accompany our materials!